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We should learn from Murali: Buchanan

By Will Swanton 20/04/2004 07:23:25 PM Comments (0)

Australian coach John Buchanan believes it's time to stop lampooning Muttiah Muralitharan and start learning from him.

Muralitharan's wrong-un, his controversial doosra, has been deemed illegal under International Cricket Council (ICC) rules but biomechanics experts say he should be allowed to keeping bowling it until further research is conducted on the issue of throwing among slow bowlers.

Bruce Elliott, who led the biomechanics team which tested Muralitharan's action in Perth, wants the ICC to allow spinners to extend their arm by ten degrees instead of the current limit of five.

That would make Muralitharan's doosra legal.

Former Australian Test batsman Dean Jones strongly disagreed with Muralitharan being allowed to continue bowling as per normal.

"By my interpretation, I think he throws it," said Jones.

"That's nothing against him personally or nothing against Sri Lanka, but we've got to do something about it and do something quick."

Buchanan had a more lenient view.

After seeing Muralitharan up-close and personal throughout Australia's recent tour of Sri Lanka, Buchanan said he was an incredibly exciting bowler whose strong points should be used as a model to help revolutionise the art of spin bowling.

"My view on Murali is much the same as a lot of other people - I think the ICC made their decision on him some time ago," said Buchanan in reference to Muralitharan's action being cleared in the past.

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